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Beyond That, The Sea - Audiobook Review

Updated: Mar 31, 2023

Title: Beyond That, The Sea

Author: Laura Spence-Ash

Publisher: Celadon Books

Genre: Historical/Coming-of-Age Fiction

Thank you @macmillanaudio for the #alc of Beyond That, The Sea. Oh how I enjoyed narrator, Nell Potter’s soft voice in my ears. It was perfect for this sweet story. With each character narrating chapters and a non- linear story at times this was a tall order that the narrator executed to perfection!

While this book is listed as a historical fiction, think of that only as the backdrop of this three part, multi decade story. This is very much a character driven story full of heart and emotion; one that begins when a young British girl is sent to America to live during the war. Beatrix ends up living there for 5 years and forever intwined with the Gregory family - Ethan, Nancy, and sons—William and Gerald.

Going by Bea in the States and Trixie in England, this book explores a girl who grows up not sure really where she belongs. It explores grief, guilt, and relationships. But mostly, it’s a book full of love!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Not quite a five star for me because I do feel like the book stalled out part of the way through and I was frustrated with some of the characters choices. I enjoyed the mentions of exchanged letters, but would’ve loved them actually included. The ending is sweet and surprising, but also not too surprising by the time you get to that point. You’ll know when you read it! 🤣 Which I recommend that you do!

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